John Philip Sousa Foundation


John Philip Sousa Foundation

The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of band music internationally. The foundation administers a number of projects and awards supporting high quality band performance, conducting, and composition.

The foundation is named for John Philip Sousa, a prominent composer of American band music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Projects

Projects of the Sousa Foundation include funding for the main stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., honor bands, conducting competitions, awards for outstanding performing ensembles, and bringing attention to historic sites in band history. Many of the foundation's awards are funded through an endowment from Louis and Virginia Sudler, and are collectively known as the "Louis Sudler Awards of Merit".

The Sousa National High School Honors Band

Founded in 1981, the Sousa National High School Honors Band is an ensemble made up of roughly 100 high school junior and senior musicians, selected from the top applicants worldwide. The band performs biennially in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is conducted by former United States Marine Band conductor Col. John R. Bourgeois.

The Sudler Flag of Honor

The Sudler Flag of Honor is an award bestowed to identify, recognize and honor high school band programs internationally that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years. No school may win the award twice under the same director. The official description of a deserving band is:

The band must have achieved and maintained a high standard of excellence in the concert area over a period of several years. The concert band will have placed itself in situations where there has been opportunity for evaluation by qualified persons or has been rated "superior" at state, regional, or national levels in concert activities. The band program must offer its participants a complete and balanced program of musical activities including concert, solo, ensemble, and marching areas. The band should have performed at regional, state, national, and professional meetings of significance. These can include but are not limited to state music conventions, regional or national MENC meetings, and state or national band association conventions. The director must have been incumbent in his/her position for at least seven years, including the current year. A number of the students in the band should have participated in district and all-state honor bands or similar all-area groups.

The following are the recipients of the Sudler Flag since its inception in 1983:

* 1983 - Alice High School Band, Alice, Texas
* 1983 - L. D. Bell High School Band, Hurst, Texas
* 1983 - Georgetown High School Band, Georgetown, Texas
* 1983 - North Hills High School Band, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
* 1983 - Papillion-Lavista High School Band, Papillion, Nebraska
* 1983 - Richardson High School Band, Richardson, Texas
* 1983 - Wheat Ridge High School Band, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
* 1984 - Berkner High School Band, Richardson, Texas
* 1984 - Glenbard East High School Band, Lombard, Illinois
* 1984 - Hardaway High School Band, Columbus, Georgia
* 1984 - Oconomowoc High School Band, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
* 1985 - Clear Lake High School Band, Houston, Texas
* 1985 - Grand Ledge High School Band, Grand Ledge, Michigan
* 1985 - South Lakes High School Band, Reston, Virginia
* 1985 - Stevens High School Band, Rapid City, South Dakota
* 1985 - Valparaiso High School Band, Valparaiso, Indiana
* 1986 - J.J. Pearce High School Band, Richardson, Texas
* 1986 - Lakeland High School Band, Lakeland, Florida
* 1987 - Auburn High School Band, Auburn, Alabama
* 1987 - Lake Highland High School Band, Dallas, Texas
* 1988 - Duncanville High School Band, Duncanville, Texas
* 1988 - Lassiter High School Band, Marietta, Georgia
* 1988 - Mason City High School Band, Mason City, Iowa
* 1989 - Coronado High School Band, El Paso, Texas
* 1989 - James Madison High School Band, Vienna, Virginia
* 1989 - Sumter High School Band, Sumter, South Carolina
* 1990 - Herndon High School Band, Herndon, Virginia
* 1991 - Marian Catholic High School Band, Chicago Heights, Illinois
* 1991 - Pearl City High School Band, Pearl City, Hawaii
* 1991 - Robert E. Lee High School Band, Midland, Texas
* 1992 - J.W. Robinson High School Band, Fairfax, Virginia
* 1993 - Lakeland High School Band, Lakeland, Florida
* 1993 - George Marshall High School Band, Fairfax, Virginia
* 1994 - Clements High School Band, Sugar Land, Texas
* 1994 - Lake Braddock Secondary School Band, Burke, Virginia
* 1994 - The Colony High School Band, The Colony, Texas
* 1994 - Westfield High School Band, Houston, Texas
* 1995 - W.T. Woodson High School Band, Fairfax, Virginia
* 1995 - Spring High School Band, Spring, Texas
* 1996 - Norcross High School Band, Norcross, Georgia
* 1997 - Klein Forest High School Band, Houston, Texas
* 1997 - Langham Creek High School Band, Houston, Texas
* 1997 - Owasso High School Band, Owasso, Oklahoma
* 1997 - Westmoore High School Band, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
* 1998 - Jack C. Hays High School Band, Buda, Texas
* 1998 - Westlake High School Band, Austin, Texas
* 1999 - Irmo High School Band, Irmo, South Carolina
* 2000 - Leon High School Band, Tallahassee, Florida
* 2000 - J.J. Pearce High School Band, Richardson, Texas
* 2000 - McLean High School Band, McLean, Virginia
* 2002 - Buchholz High School Band, Gainesville, Florida
* 2003 - North Hardin High School Band, Radcliff, Kentucky
* 2003 - The Woodlands High School Band, The Woodlands, Texas
* 2004 - Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, Kingsport, Tennessee
* 2004 - Lloyd V. Berkner High School Band, Richardson, Texas
* 2005 - J.W. Robinson High School Band, Fairfax, Virginia
* 2005 - Parkview High School Band, Lilburn, Georgia
* 2007 - Friendswood High School Band, Friendswood, Texas
* 2007 - Harrison High School Band, Kennesaw, Georgia
* 2007 - Wando High School Band, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
* 2008 - John Hersey High School Band, Arlington Heights, Illinois

The Sudler Flag of Honor is typically considered to be the highest award a high school band can achieve. Sudler Flag laureate bands are automatically included on the Historic Roll of Honor.

The Sudler Cup

The Sudler Cup is an award bestowed to identify, recognize and honor junior high and middle school concert band programs that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years. The official description of a deserving band is:

The band must have achieved and maintained a high standard of literature in the concert area over a period of several years. The concert band will have placed itself in situations where there has been opportunity for evaluation by qualified persons or has been rated "superior" at state, regional, or national levels in concert activities. The band should have performed at regional, state, national, and professional meetings of significance. These can include but are not limited to state music conventions, regional or national MENC meetings, and state or national band association conventions. The director must have been incumbent in his/her position for at least seven years, including the current year. A number of the students in the band should have participated in district and all-state honor bands or similar all-area groups. The total program of music should exemplify what is considered a sound viable, music education program for this level of endeavor.

The following are the recipients of the Sudler Cup since its inception in 1985:

* 1985 - Morehead Junior High, El Paso, Texas
* 1985 - Ashville Junior High, Asheville, North Carolina
* 1985 - Gunn Junior High, Arlington, Texas
* 1985 - Oconomowoc Junior High, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
* 1986 - Adamson Junior High, Rex, Georgia
* 1986 - Southwestern Junior High, Lakeland, Florida
* 1987 - Morrow Junior High, Morrow, Georgia
* 1988 - Scottsbluff Junior High, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
* 1989 - Richardson North Jr. High, Richardson, Texas
* 1989 - David Crokett Junior High, Odessa, Texas
* 1990 - Murchison Middle School, Austin, Texas
* 1990 - Thoreau Intermediate School, Vienna, Virginia
* 1990 - Westwood Junior High, Dallas, Texas
* 1992 - McAdams Middle School, Dickinson, Texas
* 1992 - Wm. Adams Junior High, Alice, Texas
* 1993 - Highlands Intermediate School, Pearl City, Hawaii
* 1993 - Hodges Bend Middle School, Houston, Texas
* 1994 - DeSoto West Middle School, DeSoto, Texas
* 1994 - Pittman Middle School, Hueytown, Alabama
* 1995 - Prairie Middle School, Hutchinson, Kansas
* 1995 - Herndon Middle School, Herndon, Virginia
* 1997 - Nimitz Jr. High School, Odessa, Texas
* 1997 - Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, Virginia
* 1997 - The Colony Middle School, The Colony, Texas
* 1999 - Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Virginia
* 2000 - Irmo Middle School, Columbia, South Carolina
* 2000 - Space Center Intermediate School, Houston, Texas
* 2001 - Gordon A. Bailey Middle School, [Austin, Texas]
* 2002 - Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia
* 2003 - Robert Frost Middle School, Fairfax, Virginia
* 2003 - Grisham Middle School, Austin, Texas
* 2005 - Holub Middle School, Houston, Texas
* 2005 - L.J Alleman Middle School, Lafayette, Louisiana
* 2006 - [http://www.mccrackenband.com Oliver McCracken Middle School] , Skokie, Illinois
* 2007 - Cedar Park Middle School, Cedar Park, Texas

The Sudler Trophy

The Sudler Trophy is an award bestowed on one university marching band each year. The award does not represent the winner of any championship, but rather a band surrounded by great tradition that has become respected nationally. No school may be honored with the award twice. The official description of the trophy is:

The purpose of the Sudler Trophy is to identify and recognize collegiate marching bands of particular excellence who have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. The Sudler Trophy is awarded annually to a college or university marching band which has demonstrated the highest musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the performance standards of college marching bands over a period of years.
The trophy measures exactly 22 1/2 inches from base to the tip of the drum major's mace.

The following are the recipients of the Sudler Trophy since its inception in 1982:cite web |url=http://www.music.indiana.edu/department/band/sudlertrophy.shtml |title=Previous Recipients of the Sudler Trophy |work=Marching Hundred receives the 2007 Sudler Trophy |publisher=Indiana University School of Music |date=2007-01-31 |accessdate=2007-04-17 ]

{| class="wikitable"
-! Year !! Recipient
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1996 || University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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1997 || West Virginia University
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1998 || University of Massachusetts
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1999 || Texas Tech University
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2000 || University of Georgia
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2001 || Texas A&M University
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2002 || Louisiana State University
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2003 || University of Alabama
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2004 || Auburn University
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2005 || Pennsylvania State University
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2006 || University of Arkansas
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2007 || Indiana University

The Sudler Shield

The Sudler Shield recognizes outstanding high school marching bands.

The following are the recipients of the Sudler Shield:

* Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Illinois
* [http://www.keng-leiden.nl Show and Marchingband Kunst & Genoegen] , Leiden, Netherlands
* Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, Texas
* L.D. Bell High School, Hurst, Texas
* Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Georgia
* Owasso High School, Owasso, Oklahoma
* Allen High School, Allen, Texas
* Seminole High School, Seminole, Florida
* John Overton High School, Nashville, Tennessee
* Clovis High School, Clovis, California
* Paul L. Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky
* Fred C. Beyer High School, Modesto, California
* Duncanville High School, Duncanville, Texas
* Newton Local High School, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
* Cambridge High School, Cambridge, Ohio
* Federal Hocking High School, Stewart, Ohio
* Godwin High School, Richmond, Virginia
* Lafayette High School, Lexington, Kentucky
* North Hardin High School, Radcliff, Kentucky
* Pope High School, Marietta, Georgia
* Tenri Seminary High School, Nara, Nara, Japan
* Pupuk Kaltim School, Bontang, Kaltim, Indonesia
* Mountain Crest High School, Hyrum, Utah
* Mt. Juliet High School, Cynthiana, Kentucky
* Enterprise High School, Enterprise, Alabama
* Norwin High School, North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania
* Sumter High School, Sumter, South Carolina
* Coronado High School, El Paso, Texas
* McGavock High School, Nashville, Tennessee
* Lassiter High School, Marietta, Georgia
* John Overton High School, Nashville, Tennessee
* Manzano High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico
* Clinton High School, Clinton, Mississippi
* Neuces Canyon High School, Barksdale, Texas
* Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
* Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
* Westfield High School, Spring, Texas
* James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, South Carolina
* Aimachi Marching Band, Handa, Aichi, Japan
* Yokohama Marching Band, Yokohama, Japan
* Kashiwa City High School, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
* Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw, Georgia
* James Bowie High School, Austin, Texas
* Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas
* Langham Creek High School, Houston, Texas
* Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas
* Avon High School, Avon, Indiana

There are only ten high schools worldwide that have received both the Sudler Flag of Honor for concert band and the Sudler Shield for marching band:
* Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Illinois
* Sumter High School, Sumter, South Carolina
* L.D. Bell High School - Hurst, Texas
* Duncanville High School, Duncanville, Texas
* Lassiter High School, Marietta, Georgia
* Coronado High School, El Paso, Texas
* Westfield High School, Spring, Texas
* Owasso High School, Owasso, Oklahoma
* North Hardin High School, Radcliff, Kentucky
* Langham Creek High School, Houston, Texas

The Sudler Silver Scroll

The Sudler Scroll recognizes and honors those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities.

Those community concert bands which have won the award include:
* [http://www.northshoreband.org/ Northshore Community Band] , Evanston, Illinois (1987)
* Lawrence City Band, Lawrence, Kansas (1988)
* Kiel Municipal Band, Kiel, Wisconsin (1990)
* Tacoma Symphonic Band, Tacoma, Washington (1990)
* Allentown Band, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1990)
* Naperville Municipal Band, Naperville, Illinois (1991)
* Sarasota Mobile Home Band, Sarasota, Florida (1993)
* Austin Symphonic Band, Austin, Texas (1993)
* Racine Municipal Band, Racine, Wisconsin (1994)
* [http://www.lansingconcertband.org Lansing Concert Band] , Lansing, Michigan (1994)
* Texas Wind Symphony, Arlington, Texas (1995)
* Medalist Concert Band, Bloomington, Minnesota (1995)
* [http://stark.kent.edu/Academics/Music/Ensembles.cfm Kent Stark Concert Band] , Canton, Ohio (1996)
* Scottsdale Concert Band, Scottsdale, Arizona (1996)
* [http://www.ridgewoodband.org/ Ridgewood Concert Band] , Ridgewood, New Jersey (1996)
* Tara Winds Concert Band, Hampton, Georgia (1996)
* Coastal Communities Concert Band, San Diego, California (1997)
* [http://lakelandcc.edu/academic/arts/music/#Band Lakeland Civic Band] , Kirtland, Ohio (1997)
* Twin City Concert Band, West Monroe, Louisiana (1997)
* San Jose Wind Symphony, San Jose, California (1998)
* Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, Corpus Christi, Texas (1998)
* Community Band of Brevard, Brevard County, Florida (1999)
* Lafayette Concert Band, Lafayette, Louisiana (1999)
* Virginia Grand Military Band, Arlington, Virginia (2000)
* Allentown Band, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1990)
* Lafayette Citizens Band, Lafayette, Indiana (2001)
* Pensacola Civic Band, Pensacola, Florida (2002)
* Tempe Wind Ensemble, Tempe, Arizona (2002)
* Atlanta Wind Symphony, Atlanta, Georgia (2003)
* Houston Symphonic Band, Houston, Texas (2003)
* Penn Central Wind Band, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (2004)
* City of Fairfax Band, Fairfax, Virginia (2004)
* West Michigan Winds, Muskegon, Michigan (2005)
* Knightwind Ensemble, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2005)
* [http://www.sjawe.com/ South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble] , Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey (2006)
* [http://www.osband.org/ Oregon Symphonic Band] , Portland, Oregon (2007)
* [http://www.etcband.org East Tennessee Concert Band] , Knoxville, Tennessee (2007)

References

External links

* [http://www.sousafoundation.org/ The John Philip Sousa Foundation]
* [http://www.loyno.edu/sousafoundation John Philip Sousa Foundation (Loyola University New Orleans)]
* [http://www.sousafoundation.org/allProjects/trophy.htm Sudler Trophy Pamphlet from 2002]


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